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Orderly Chaos: The Mandala Principle (Dharma Ocean Series) Paperback – November 19, 1991
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Orderly Chaos covers two different seminar sets he gave, one in 1972 and the other in 1974. In each he gives 6-7 speeches on an aspect of Buddhism, and then there question-and-answer sessions with the students. So you get both his wisdom in a straight flow, and then also back-and-forth with clarifying questions.
First, let me say that it is amazing to hear directly from a person of this level. Often they can only speak through an interpreter and only in terms that others find baffling. Here we have someone who lived in Western culture, who can speak in terms of blue jeans and "tripping" on drugs and so on. He can try to make things relateable. Also, clearly this man is an expert in his field. He knows all the ins and outs of the various terms and philosophies and can field any question thrown at him. So the book is well worth reading in terms of seeing a look into his thoughts on a variety of topics.
That being said, as much as this book is touted as a great way for beginners to start, I have to highly recommend that you know the basics of Buddhism before you pick this up. There are ALL sorts of terms being used here and the author assumes you know what they mean. A student will ask "why would karma and ratna be more solid than vajra?Read more ›
First of all, the Mandala Principle isn't really some point of view or some arcane Buddhist philosophy. As I found out, the mandala principle is cosmic, universal, how reality exists.
One big point in this book is that the mind exists on a groundless dharmic ocean. There's nothing to hold on to is there? The mind feels like an infinite room we can put anything inside of. Well what he's saying is that reality breaks down at this point and what happens is orderly chaos. This orderly chaos is happening to you and at the same time you are making it happen. This process creates a fractal-like pattern. This is why it's probably called the Mandala Primciple... Because mandalas are fractalized geometry.
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My one star doesn't mean there isn't anything worth while reading in this book. But it does mean, that it was so hard for me to try to follow anything said, that I put it down and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mita